Bill Mott has ruled 3-year-old Tacitus out of this year's Breeders' Cup Classic, according to drf.com, but the Hall of Fame trainer may still have two entrants for the $6 million contest.
“We're going to give him some time, let him grow,” Mott said of Tacitus, a Tapit son out of champion Close Hatches.
Other Classic contenders could include Yoshida, most recently third in the G1 Woodward, and Elate, the talented 5-year-old daughter of Medaglia d'Oro.
Mott's preference for Elate is the Classic distance of 1 1/4 miles, rather than the female-restricted Distaff over 1 1/8 miles. The mare will be cross-entered in the Distaff and the Classic, but Mott expects her to compete against the boys in the Classic.
This year, Elate has made over $920,000 by hitting the board in each of her six starts. Her two most recent efforts resulted in second-place finishes: a narrow loss to Midnight Bisou in the G1 Personal Ensign, and a runner-up finish behind Blue Prize in last weekend's G1 Spinster at Keeneland.
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